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Queen’s not signing Access Copyright licence


After significant discussion with campus groups, Queen’s has decided not to sign a model licence agreed on by the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada (AUCC) and Access Copyright.

“We remain committed to respecting copyright interests and adhering to existing copyright legislation, and university policies and guidelines,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “We are, however, convinced our decision not to sign the licence is in the best long-term academic interests of the university based on feedback and consultation with multiple campus groups, including the Queen's University Faculty Association, the AMS, and the SGPS. There will be incremental costs to the university in declining to sign the licence, as we refine our own procedures for copyright clearance, but I believe that this is the fairer course and one which takes account of the strongly-expressed wishes of the community."

The university will continue to develop its policies, practices and services to ensure that faculty and students have full access to required resources for teaching, learning and research, in compliance with copyright law.

Ongoing communications will advise faculty, staff and students on copying practices and guidelines that respect copyright legislation.

For assistance with any copyright related issues, contact the Copyright Advisory Office at copy.right@queensu.ca.

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